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1. Coca Cola and Marvel are teaming up for the Super Bowl

It seems Marvel and Coke are teaming up for something on February 7th, the day of...the big game? The Super Bowl! A Super Bowl ad for Marvel -themed Coke cans? Characters shown: Iron Man, Hulk, Cap, Black Widow, Falcon and Ant-Man.

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2. Wal-mart may set up their own graphic novel sections

Despite the jitters everyone is having about the Big Two's periodical publishing programs, as we reported the other day, graphic novels did pretty well in 2015, with sales up 22% in bookstores. Calvin Reid follows up on this sanguine report with an interview with Diamond Book Distributions Kuo Yu Liang, who says 2016 will probably be their best year ever.:

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3. Are we seeing the twilight of the “Big Two”?

We’ve been keeping an eye on threats of eroding comics sales that may spell trouble ahead for the comics industry, and it isn’t just Brian Hibbs any more. Big Bang Comics in Dublin, Ireland went on a tweet-storm yesterday criticizing not only DC’s anemic relaunch but Marvel’s increasingly tepid flood of titles no one is […]

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4. The Comic Den in Kew Gardens closes because “We don’t have enough readers”

extralarge.jpg The Comic Den, a 25-year-old comics shop in Kew Gardens, is closing down at the end of the month for troubling reasons: “The new generation of readers is going online,” said Janet Vargas, who co-owns the store with her husband Luis, adding that the decision is not rent related. “We don’t have enough readers.” Over the years, […]

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5. A case study in longevity: The Badger vs Don Winslow of the Navy (PLUS PAUL POPE)

Recently I posted a news item about the new Badger book from Devil’s Due having low orders. Writer/creator Mike Baron reached out to me about it, and I presume he reached out to some other folks who remember the Badger from his 80s run. Part of the Capitol Comics/First Comics indie era, The Badger was […]

10 Comments on A case study in longevity: The Badger vs Don Winslow of the Navy (PLUS PAUL POPE), last added: 1/17/2016
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6. While He Waits For Secret Wars #9…

We *think* this is shipping soon?We talk to someone who's been waiting for Secret Wars to end before picking up any new Marvel titles. How has he been biding his time?

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7. The Year Ahead: Ideas for an ailing DC in 2016

superman_wonder_womanWhat does DC need to do to change its fortunes in the year to come?

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8. Ariell R. Johnson: “Sometimes we want to be the hero, too.”

Ignite Philly 15  Ariell Johnson   Diversity in Comics   YouTubeBased on the astounding social media attention to my last post about Ariell R. Johnson and her Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in Philadelphia, it seems you want more Ariell. So I am very happy to oblige with the above video of Johnson talking at the Ignite Philly event last fall. Johnson talks about her own life as a nerd, who was the black Thundercat and her discovery of Storm, the first black superheroine she encountered: "When I found out about Storm I gripped on tight to her and never let her go."

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9. Will 2016 be bleh, meh, or somewhere in between for comics sales?

2015 was a great year for comics, but comics sales were generally up in single digits, which is not a bad thing, but less growth than before. There have been many “storm on the horizon” type analyses, with Todd Allen summing up many of the existing risk factors. Recently retailer Brian Hibbs wrote extensively on […]

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10. DC Comics to start double shipping some titles

It’s obvious to anyone who’s been looking at the sales charts of late that DC is having something of a sales problem, with levels not bouncing back after Convergence and the DC You relaunch something of a dud. Dark Knight III was a cash injection but it hasn’t been enough to lift the fighter off […]

10 Comments on DC Comics to start double shipping some titles, last added: 12/24/2015
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11. Is Marvel’s Relaunch Stumbling Out of the Gate?

ironman3The November sales estimate headlines are all about how the market is up, owing to Dark Knight 3, Vader Down and a metric ton of Marvel’s relaunched #1’s. You expect a certain amount of that. Stunts sell, as long as the publishers don’t over-extend the market for variant covers (and they sure seem aggressive in emphasizing those instead of the content in between the covers). What you’d miss out on if you only read the headlines is that Marvel’s #2 and #3 issues aren’t getting a ton of traction relative to those gaudy #1 sales totals.

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12. Locust Moon comics shop in Philadelphia is closing

[Photo via FB] NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! First Bergen Street and Now Locust Moon, another comics shop that had great taste and led the way to a wider view of comics with not only a great store but a Festival and an award winning Little Nemo anthology. The Philadelphia-based store had a good run, but now as co-owner […]

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13. Buy your own comics shop for $25,000

If you are located near Homewood, IL, and want to get started as a comics shop owner, Craig’s list has what you want listed at $25,000 for a fully functioning shop: Yes .. I am selling a Comic Book and Gaming store.. Everything to run your own business and be your own boss Vintage back […]

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14. Event: SF’s The Isotope Brings Roberta Gregory, Donna Barr, & JH Williams III to the Fans

By Victor Van Scoit The San Francisco Bay Area has some fantastic comic book shops, with each having its own take for hosting creator events. One such store known for their intimate signings and creative shindigs is The Isotope. They’re hosting two upcoming events this November that, should you live anywhere in Northern California, are worth checking out. […]

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15. 31 days of Halloween Cover Reveal: Books-A-Million variant Deadpool by Mike McKone

One of the more intriguing developments in recent years in comics retailing has been the resurgence of comics sales in national book chains. Yes I know there are fewer of them, but they are still here and Virgin Records and Blockbuster Video aren’t. Barnes & Nobles has expanded its graphic novel section a great deal, […]

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16. Surprising: You can buy C.F.’s Powr Mastrs 4 at Walmart.com

Walmart.com has a graphic novel section, with many superhero titles, but also media adaptations and some kids comics. Many publishers have attempted to enter the world of Walmart, and some have been accepted only to be rejected when someone actually reads them and see they are filled with sex and drugs and maybe some violence. But as of now, you can buy Powr Mastrs 4 on the Walmart website for a mere $14.23, with free shipping.

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17. Podcorn Podcast V4.06- Stupid Sexy Data and How it Affects You

Every Wednesday, I talk about comics with Brandon Montclare, writer of the hit Image series Rocket Girl and co-writer of Marvel’s upcoming Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur series. We gab about what we’re reading now, what books we consider classics (Brandon loves Dark Knight Strikes Again…), and the hottest gossip of the industry.  Occasionally, the inimitable artist Amy Reeder (Rocket Girl, Batwoman) stops by.  Check out our […]

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18. The Retailer’s View // Deconstructing the Clubhouse

This week’s edition of The Retailer’s View is going to be slightly different than most – while most of the time, I’m writing these solo with support and encouragement from my wife, this one was plotted and scripted from the ground up with her as a full co-writer. Originally, it was part of a presentation […]

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19. The Retailer’s View // Quite A Lot Of Variants

Today, I’m staring down the initial order deadline for titles releasing in November. The initial order deadline is something I neglect to realize is coming until a few days before they’re due – and while there’s always a lot of prep that is done ahead of time, going through the order book will still take […]

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20. Bitch Planet hardcover, Welcome to Showside and more unveil Local Comic Shop Day variants

Local Comics Shop Day is the latest holiday on the comics calendar, to be held November 28th, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The date has been promoted as “Small Business Saturday” for a while, but this new date and focus will allow comics shops to tie in to the desire to shop locally and support small […]

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21. Podcorn Podcast V4.03- Death of the Direct Market?!

Every Wednesday, I sit down with Brandon Montclare, writer of the hit Image series Rocket Girl and co-writer of Marvel’s upcoming Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur series.  We gab about what we’re reading now, what books we consider classics (Brandon loves Dark Knight Strikes Again…), and the hottest gossip of the industry.  Oh, and sometimes the inimitable artist Amy Reeder (Rocket Girl, Batwoman) stops […]

10 Comments on Podcorn Podcast V4.03- Death of the Direct Market?!, last added: 10/2/2015
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22. Diamond Summit ’15: The slowdown is here

Comics sales have been growing and continue to grow, but we’re definitely entering a period of retrenchment and contraction for many, as I reported from this year’s Diamond Retailer summit for PW in a story called At Diamond Summit, Cracks in Comics Market Come to Fore. Pretty much every company has some kind of adjustment […]

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23. The direct market, sustainability, future of comics, disruption and all that other fun stuff

We're entering a period of disruption, if we're not already well into it. Is it something in the air, an upcoming election, the increasing consolidation of big media/big tech, millennials taking over? Probably all of that. And how does that affect comics? Of late the "slow patch" hit by direct market periodicals due to faltering by the Big Two seems to have cast all of this into discussion. Kate Leth, a creator and also a former comics shop employee, has a much linked to post about the direct market process which talks about how pre-ordering is key in what she calls a "system [that] is so deeply twisted":

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24. Indie Portland comic book retailer and cafe launches GoFundMe to re-open after robbery

Attention good Samaritans: a small Portland based hybrid cafe and comic book store needs your help to re-open after a vandal raided and robbed the shop. Adam Pool, The Spirtely Bean co-owner, and his wife launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise $5,000 so they can replace damaged equipment, fix the store front, and to help […]

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25. These ADULT Frosted Flakes Commercials are Grrrrreat!

Ain't art grand?

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